Google has sponsored research performed by Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance—a controversial group that has publicly partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on bat coronavirus research—for over a decade.
Following months of big tech censorship of stories and individuals supporting the COVID-19 “lab leak” idea—a decision recently debunked following new U.S. intelligence reports—financial linkages between EcoHealth Alliance and Google have been revealed, National Pulse reported.
EcoHealth Alliance and funding for Wuhan lab
Through its president, Peter Daszak, the Google-backed EcoHealth Alliance played a crucial part in the cover-up of COVID-19’s origins.
Daszak was a member of the World Health Organization’s Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) investigating team. He was a strong supporter of efforts to “debunk” the virus’s lab origin hypothesis.
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) also routed hundreds of thousands of dollars to EcoHealth Alliance, which funneled it to its research partner—the Wuhan Institute of Virology—to undertake studies on bat coronaviruses.
And since at least 2010, Google.org, the company’s charitable arm, has also been financing studies by EcoHealth alliance experts, notably Peter Daszak.
Google’s decade-long funding history for EcoHealth Alliance
A 2010 research on bat flaviviruses, which cites Daszak and EcoHealth Alliance Vice President Jonathan Epstein as authors and credits Google.org for financing, is a typical example demonstrating the decade-long association. Likewise, Daszak’s 2014 study on henipavirus spillover also acknowledges that it was partially “supported by Google.org.”
EcoHealth’s Daszak and Epstein are also authors of a 2015 article on herpes that was “supported by funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Emerging Pandemic Threats: PREDICT program, the Skoll Foundation, and Google.org.”
Researchers from the EcoHealth Alliance published a report titled “Serologic and Behavioral Risk Survey of Workers with Wildlife Contact in China” in 2018, “made possible” by a financial contribution from Google.org.
The abstract of the 14-page document summarizes as follows:
We report on a study conducted in Guangdong Province, China, to characterize behaviors and perceptions associated with transmission of pathogens with pandemic potential in highly exposed human populations at the animal-human interface. A risk factor/exposure survey was administered to individuals with high levels of exposure to wildlife.
The report appears to support the notion that SARS-like coronaviruses could have originated in a wet market in a province near Wuhan, the putative COVID-19 epicenter.
“The majority of human infectious diseases have an animal origin, therefore understanding the human-animal interface as it relates to disease emergence and risk is of upmost importance The increasing frequency and variety of human-wildlife interactions in China provide opportunities for the transmission of zoonotic pathogens from animals to humans,” the paper said.
The paper also emphasizes how SARS has “emerged in humans and other mammals in wet markets”:
Handling, transporting, and butchering of hunted or farmed wildlife poses a risk of pathogen spillover into humans. In southern China provinces, including Guangdong, a significant percentage of the population obtains fresh meat for consumption from wet markets, community markets that specialize in selling and butchering live animals, including animals that are rare and endangered. Research has demonstrated that human-animal interfaces, such as within these wet markets, provide an ideal environment for infectious disease emergence, transmission, and amplification.